Three Lessons from Andy Corley, United Kingdom

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Andy Corley from the United Kingdom 1. Delight in Your Calling as a Kingdom Entrepreneur. “I became an exploration geologist and rose through the company for the next 20-odd years and had some success,” Andy says. “I got to board levels of some very big companies, but then in my 40th year, I was canned and spent two years out of work.” Time […]

Three Lessons from Surya Gunadi, Indonesia

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Surya Gunadi from Indonesia. 1. Recognize How Amazing it is that the Word Became Flesh.  Surya was on track to become a Buddhist monk. At Christmastime, we always remember that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” This has special meaning for Surya. “I was eighteen years old and three months away from becoming a Buddhist monk,” says Surya. “I thought Buddha […]

David Wills of NCF-Texas on “How Do I Pass Wealth to My Heirs?”

As we’ve lead Next Steps Retreats throughout the world (check out nextstepsretreat.org to learn more!), one question that comes up often is “How do I pass wealth to my heirs? David Wills has walked with hundreds of families through these questions. He shared at an Atlanta Celebration of Generosity. The thoughts below come from his comments.

Three Lessons from Champ and Lerato Thekiso, South Africa

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Champ and Lerato Thekiso from South Africa. 1. Giving Is Caught, not Taught.  “I came from a family of four boys and we always had visitors in our home,” explains Champ. “My parents had big hearts and unofficially adopted other kids, so we had to make space and we enjoyed serving that way as a family. I used to play football with a […]

“How to do good through investing?” Aimee Minnich of the Impact Foundation Responds

Tim in Hong Kong posed the question of “How to do good not just through giving, but through investing.”Others have asked more generally, “How do I invest charitable dollars?”Our friends Jeff Johns and Aimee Minnich established the Impact Foundation a few years ago to help invest charitable dollars in for-profit projects. Aimee took time to share her thoughts with us.

Three Lessons from Steven and Phyllis Loo, Singapore

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet the Steven and Phyllis Loo from Singapore. 1. Ask God for a Number.  “One year, our church had a great need and we prayed,” Phyllis says. “The Lord spoke to the two of us about the story of the woman with the alabaster jar. She was willing to give the Lord Jesus more than what she had. Before that, we had always given […]

The Four Steps to Generous Community

Last time, we looked at three generous communities in the Bible and shared notes from interviews with three leaders of modern-day communities in which generosity is spreading. Check out that post. What steps can you take to help business leaders and owners in your community gather for generosity? Here’s what we found: Step 1: Organized Prayer and Fasting, Asking for God’s Vision and Divine Connections Laurie emphasized the importance of praying and fasting, and of the specific vision that God gave her for a transformed business community in South Africa. […]

Three Lessons from the Foster Brothers, United Kingdom

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet the Alex and Edward Foster from the United Kingdom. 1. Launching Businesses Beats I-banking.  Since coming to Christ, Alex had a passion for spreading the Gospel. He wanted to earn more so he could give more. “I went into investment banking and M&A because it was the highest paid. But then it made sense to launch companies,” says Alex. “It was higher-risk bets. […]

The Four Components of a Generous Community: Lessons from Romania, Czech, and South Africa

Situation: How Can We Develop a Generous Community? How can you help your community become generous? Imagine your city as a place in which Christians are meeting the needs and partnering together to live with open hands. How can we get from here to there? We noticed this year that, where we see Journeys of Generosity taking root, we often see a whole community of people catalyzing that. What’s going on? How can we help form generous communities? We interviewed three leaders whose areas are becoming more generous. Marius (Romania), […]

Three Lessons from Rob Allin, United Kingdom

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Rob Allin from the United Kingdom. Rob began his career as a Chartered Accountant, before turning his efforts to building his own practice, Business Partners Financial & Management Services Limited, to serve the needs of growing companies, both in accounting and other aspects of business. 1. God often sows the seeds of generosity early in our Christian life.  On the evening that Rob gave […]